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Tempe Police: Woman sets fire to ex-boyfriend’s home

A Tempe woman set fire to her ex-boyfriend's home after breaking into it through a window

Tempe Police reported the following incident Monday:

A 20-year-old Tempe woman was arrested May 14 on the 800 block of West Geneva Drive on suspicion of arson of an occupied structure, felony endangerment and burglary, according to a police report.

The woman set fire to a residence located on South Dennis Drive after breaking a bedroom window to gain entry, according to the report.

During an interview by police, one of the victims said they heard someone banging on their roommate’s window and said they heard a female voice but could not understand what she was saying, according to the report.  They later heard glass breaking, police said.

One of the victims went outside to investigate and recognized the woman as his ex-girlfriend, according to the report. He called the woman's name as she was climbing through the bedroom window but she ignored him, according to the report.

The victim returned inside and confronted the woman in the doorway of the bedroom and she shut the door, according to the report. The victim texted his roommate telling him that his ex-girlfriend was at the residence and seemed upset, according to the report.

The victim said 10 minutes after the woman closed the door to the bedroom, the residents began to smell smoke from their bedrooms, according to the report. The victims said they exited their rooms and saw smoke coming out from beneath the bedroom door, police said.

Two of the victims left the residence and saw the woman standing near the residence watching the burning house, according to the report. She later fled the scene and one of the victims contacted police, according to the report.  

Officers found the woman on the 800 block of West Geneva Drive where they arrested her, according to the report. The woman was transported to Tempe City Jail where she was booked and held to see a judge, police said.


Reports compiled by Kelcie Grega.

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